Bloomfield residents can look forward to a spring and summer of blooming health, nutrition, and beauty in our community. As part of a grant the Bloomfield Health Department has secured for the community through Shaping NJ (A public-private partnership designed to make the healthy choice the easy choice in New Jersey), we are building a community garden! Volunteers are preparing our new community garden as we speak (or type!) Check out our garden plot, pictured at the right.
The Bloomfield Health department is teaming up with our friends at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, Kim Reilly, the center’s Executive Director and Robert Harney, Trustee, in order to bring the garden project to life. So far we have not only picked a great spot for our garden, but employees have already been hard at work preparing the beds.
Why Community Gardening?
According to the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington (MRSC), Community gardens promote healthy communities. The gardens and those who participate in community gardening contribute to the preservation of open space, provide access to it, and create sustainable uses of the space. Community gardens strengthen community bonds, provide food, and create recreational and therapeutic opportunities for the community. They can also promote environmental awareness and provide community education. In short, community gardens are one of the wonderful ways that the Bloomfield Health Department believes this community can promote healthy living, beatify our neighborhoods, and help create an opportunity for our residents to get involved, meet new people, and have fun doing something perhaps they have never done before. And we think that’s fantastic!
We’ll be blogging about our progress, so stay tuned for more updates. We’ll also be sharing information about organic food, healthy eating and exercise too—because we’re also working on making Bloomfield more bikeable! (More news to come on that project soon). There’s a lot to be excited about this spring.
Would you like to get involved? Contact Michael Hodges at 973.680.4183 to be a part of this wonderful community project.